Past Meetup

Movie Screening & Debate - Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our Lives

This Meetup is past

14 people went


Film: Genetic Roulette - The Gamble of our Lives (2012), 85 minutes, English language

Venue: Passing Clouds (
From Liverpool Street Station (Bishopsgate) it's an eight minute bus ride on bus 149 or 242, northbound. If you come by bus, get off at the bus stop called "Middleton Road" (on Kingsland Road).
Queries: 020 7241 4889
Doors open at 18:30

For this month only, the movie screening has been anticipated by one week, due to another event being scheduled at the Passing Clouds on the last Sunday of the month.

Americans are sick—and getting sicker. Chronic diseases account for more than 70% of all deaths in the United States, a rate that has risen sharply over the last two decades and surpasses that of all other nations. Obesity, smoking, and environmental factors clearly play a role in this convergence of health crises. But what if a prime culprit were lurking in the very food we eat?

This is the question asked by this documentary exploring the potential dangers posed by genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food supply. Directed by outspoken GMO critic Jeffrey M. Smith, the film is an unsettling tour through a myriad of serious health conditions implicated with genetically altered crops, from allergies and intestinal disorders to diabetes and autism. Many explanations are offered for how these ailments could arise. For example, the haphazard process of genetic modification—which involves blasting foreign genes into cells—leads to “massive collateral damage” in the DNA sequence of the plant. Consuming this mutated DNA, the film argues, could present unpredicted effects such as inflammation, immune disorders, and allergic reactions.

Supported by references to research studies and interviews with a wide range of physicians, scientists and activists, these claims are compelling, even when admittedly speculative. But what is ultimately most persuasive is the story of collusion between the U.S. government and the biotech industry, which Genetic Roulette reveals with relish. Here unfolds a sordid tale of revolving-door politics starring key figures in the FDA, USDA, and top brass at the biotech giant Monsanto.

You can find more information in the film website (

This event is free of charge.

Please make an effort to be on time. We endeavour to start at 7:15pm to leave enough time for a debate at the end of the movie. There will probably be live music after the screening.